I am a huge fan of the ecobee product ( we sell them at work ) and think that as far as smart thermostats go they have the industry figured out. They may not get all the press that NEST does but the ecobee has some of the most innovative logic built into it when it comes to smart thermostats.
ecobee has HomeIQ which they describe as the following;
Home IQ™ takes thousands of data points, automatically collected through your ecobee thermostat, and uses advanced math and physics to create a model that learns about your home, and provides you with insights into your home’s energy performance.
Unlike alot of other so called smart devices the ecobee collects 18 months of data which includes run time of the equipment, stages of operation, weather conditions, wind speed and so much more .They use this data in HomeIQ to heat your home and that kind of data makes for one heck of a smart thermostat.
This translates into savings but this kind of data collection also makes the ecobee very efficient at heating and cooling and keeping us more comfortable. The ecobee knows in YOUR building specifically how long it takes to heat and cool. All of these cool as beans features have resulted in a common slogan when it comes to ecobee which is as follows;
‘ecobee can save you up to 28% on your heating and cooling bill’
As cool as that slogan is and as much as I love putting money back in my wallet I have a new slogan that is sure to set the ecobee commercial thermostat market on fire;
‘ecobee thermostats improves employee productivity by up to 44%’
I know a few of you are now saying yep you just made that up. Kinda but not really. I dont have a study that shows an ecobee specifically makes you more efficient but I do have a study that shows that a thermostat just like it will increase employee efficiency.
Cornell University Researchers did a study where they looked at the thermostats in an insurance office and what they discovered is that employees who were not cold in the office made 44% more errors and were half as productive as when they were ‘comfy’. Cornell Researchers note that the drop in temperature in the winter causes our bodies to waste energy keeping ourselves warm giving us less energy for inspiration, concentration and just getting things done. Quote;
“At 77 degrees Fahrenheit, the workers were keyboarding 100 percent of the time with a 10 percent error rate, but at 68 degrees, their keying rate went down to 54 percent of the time with a 25 percent error rate,” Hedge says. “Temperature is certainly a key variable that can impact performance.”
Some of you will rightfully ask can’t any thermostat keep you comfy? Sure it can if your office actually gives you access to it. Why have they not given you access? because Handy Hank keeps jacking the heat up and driving up the heating bills. Or better yet Jetpack Jim keeps trying to tweak it forcing you to call in the HVAC tech and a hefty bill to undo the changes.
Smart thermostats are the future and keeping employee’s comfy with devices like an ecobee clearly make a difference. I am going to stop turning down the ecobee thermostat in our office effective immediately which will increase our office productivity!
NOTE: this post is intended for entertainment. Although the study really did happen don’t take my summations of ecobee being the only solution to seriously :) Also note I do not work for ecobee but I am open to offers.